LibriVox recording of The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship, by Margaret Burnham. Read by Lee Ann Howlett.
Teenagers Peggy Prescott and her brother Roy share a love of aviation that they inherited from their late father. Mr. Prescott had always dreamed of building an aeroplane that would be free of the defects of planes already invented. Peggy and Roy manage to build a plane starting with the framework their father had begun. Peggy christens it ‘The Golden Buttefly’ and she and Roy are determined to enter it in a young aviator’s contest for a prize of $5000. The Prescotts need the money desperately to save the home they share with their aunt which is about to be taken from them by the rather nasty banker, Mr. Harding. Peggy and Roy along with their best friends, Jess and Jimsy Bancroft – also sister and brother, experience many adventures – many of them while flying the Golden Butterfly. A kidnapping, missing jewels and contact with some desperate characters are just some of what the Prescotts encounter in their Long Island village of Sandy Bay. There’s never a dull moment for these two as they pursue their dream of flying. (Summary by Lee Ann Howlett.)
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August 16, 2013 Subject:
Love the reader!
Lee Ann Howlett is so charming and delightful. She is one of Libravox' very best readers. The book itself is an old fashioned childrens - or "young adults" - story about the early days of aviation, home made aeroplanes, the good kids vs. the bad guys. Personally, I think the bad guys, especially the baddest bad guy, got off way too easy. I note that none of the malfunctioning home made planes crashed straight into the ground or blew up in midair or anything like that. They just gently wafted to earth. But hey, like I said, it's an old fashioned book for kids!